The EOS 30D features an E-TTL II pop-up flash (same as the EOS 20D), it has a guide number of 13 (approx. 3.3 m @ 17 mm / 2.3 m @ 85 mm; ISO 100) and a wide angle coverage of 17 mm. Support for E-TTL II means that lens distance information is now used to calculate the required flash power. Flash sync speed is 1/250 sec.
The EOS 30D also allows for FE-Lock (Flash Exposure Lock) which can be used to take a meter reading of the subject using the flash before taking the shot. This can be useful for recomposing the scene, with the flash up (or an EX flash attached) simply aim the center of the frame at the subject to be metered, press the * button and the camera will fire the flash and take a meter reading, the next shot you take will use this locked exposure.
Sadly Canon are sticking with the use of the internal flash for AF assist. So instead of having a separate lamp to provide assistance to the AF system in low light you have to raise the flash unit which will strobe to provide illumination for AF.
|The EOS 30D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flash units (sync only). As with the internal flash the hot shoe supports E-TTL II metering which uses distance information from the lens to calculate flash power. This works with all Canon lenses (although distance information is only provided by lenses with ring type USM motors).|
Shutter Release Sound
In some of our digital SLR reviews we now provide a sound recording of a continuous burst of shots. Below you can see waveforms of a recording made of the EOS 30D shooting continuously for 30 seconds in JPEG (Standard and Fine) and RAW. The storage card used was a SanDisk Extreme III 1 GB Compact Flash (Type I).
JPEG continuous, 30 seconds
|Canon EOS 30D JPEG Standard - 131 frames (4.85 fps initial burst of 117 frames)|
|Canon EOS 30D JPEG Fine - 78 frames (4.85 fps initial burst of 41 frames)|
RAW continuous, 30 seconds
|Canon EOS 30D RAW - 32 frames (4.85 fps initial burst of 11 frames)|
Supplied In the Box
The EOS 30D will be offered as body only or as a kit with the EF-S 17 -85 mm or 18 - 55 mm lens (as shown in the image on the right below).
The EOS 30D body only is supplied as:
- Canon EOS 30D Digital SLR body
- Eyecup Eb
- BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery pack
- CB-5L Battery charger
- Neck strap
- USB Cable
- Video Cable
- Canon EOS Solution Disk 12
- EOS Utility
- ZoomBrowser EX
- Remote Capture
- Digital Photo Professional 2.1
- Manuals / Reg. card